By: Kimberly Martin, APA, CPC, QPA, Education Director, NIP
Congratulations ERPAs! Because of your dedication to the
retirement plan industry – and just plain hard work – you have earned the ERPA
designation! NIPA recognizes that the
knowledge and skills required to become an ERPA are extensive, and much of this
same competency is required to obtain NIPA’s APA and APR designations. Because of the overlap of material covered on
the ERPA exams and NIPA’s APA/APR exams, NIPA offers you two special
opportunities for obtaining the APA/APR designations.
best-in-class designations are an integral part of NIPA’s commitment to
advancing your unique value as a TPA. Obtaining
NIPA’s APA or APR designation is a cost-effective way to further distinguish yourself in the marketplace and stand apart from
From a company perspective, having qualified staff with an
APA or APR designation reflects the firm’s commitment to providing quality
service. A TPA firm with designated
staff increases the firm’s professional credibility, makes the firm more
marketable, and sets the firm apart from the competition.
knowledge and effort necessary to obtain the ERPA and other industry
designations, NIPA has made obtaining your NIPA designation simpler. As an ERPA
you automatically qualify for the APR designation upon joining NIPA, and
you are eligible to obtain
the APA designation by joining NIPA and taking a single open-book comprehensive
In addition, courses completed at other educational
institutions could be used toward earning your APA/APR designations. Check out NIPA’s Exam Equivalencies to see the credit NIPA extends for
successfully completing other industry courses.
Best of all, having the APA or APR designation also means
experiencing all the other benefits of NIPA membership. View the full list of member benefits at http://www.nipa.org/?page=MembershipCat.
Interested? Contact NIPA Headquarters for more
information on how you can strengthen your personal and professional value with
NIPA’s APA and APR designations!
on earning your ERPA designation!